Cater's Choice

You're asking, he's telling: Nick Cater on this week's sector-related highlights from the media and beyond.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater


Celebs, cash, climate and controversy are all on the broadcasting agenda this week. There is plenty happening on BBC Children In Need this Friday, 16 November, from hoping to raise more than £18m on the night to a performance by the reunited Spice Girls and a Dr Who special. But what will the newscasters get up to? Find out more at Interesting to note that Intelligent Giving, with a successful salvo at Children In Need's overhead-denying claims and other targets, is starting to get the range of charity faults and foibles.

In the final Unreported World of this series, on Channel 4 on Friday, journalist Sam Kiley travels to Africa's Great Lakes region to reveal that the extremist Hutu groups behind Rwanda's genocide now control much of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with ever-present brutality, murder and rape. On 19 November, in C4's Dispatches, comic and polemicist Mark Thomas visits South America, India and the US for a hard look at Coca-Cola, from its ethics to its environmental impact.


By contrast with the fun and games and fundraising on BBC TV, on Friday its Asian Network and World Service are marking the latest meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with a day of programmes. These will highlight how rising sea levels could wipe out half of Bangladesh in the next 40 years, displace up to 20 million people and destroy wildlife. Among the questions: who will take in these environmental refugees? And 25 years after a moratorium on commercial whaling was agreed, Roz Kidman-Cox investigates The War Of The Whales on Radio 4 on 19 November.


I'm sure there was once a 'radical librarians' activist group. Today, their heirs at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals are bringing innovations to the giving of time and skills and exploring how to play a wider role in communities. A recent seminar highlighted the Living Library, which encourages the borrowing of volunteers with experience or expertise in a variety of subjects. Next, a Community Engagement Workshop on 20 November in Coventry. Find out more about it by selecting the community services special interest group at

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